Hammershøi: Musée Jacquemart-André, Part 6

16 1906, Saint Peter's Church, Copenhagen by Leslie HossackSaint Peter’s Church, Copenhagen (1906)
Collection: Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

15 1906, Saint Peter's Church, Copenhagen Loeb by Leslie HossackSaint Peter’s Church, Copenhagen (1906)
Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Danish Art Collection

17 1912-1913 Jewish School, Guilford Street, London by Leslie HossackJewish School, Guilford Street, London (1912-1913)
Collection: Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig

all photographs © 2019 Leslie Hossack

Vilhelm Hammershøi’s three architectural paintings presented above were photographed by Leslie Hossack in 2019, at the exhibition entitled Hammershøi: The Master of Danish Painting, at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris. Hammershøi painted a number of landmarks in his home town of Copenhagen and he sometimes painted scenes during his travels to the Netherlands, Belgium, Paris, Rome, Florence, Stockholm, Berlin and London. Vilhelm and his wife Ida were very fond of London and the last image above was painted there.

“Hammershøi is a sedentary type: he likes to paint from his window. Living in Brunswick Square [London 1912-1913], he set his eyes on the Guilford Street Jewish School…”
Emmanuel Daydé and Rafael Pic, “Paris, London, Florence…” Le journal de l’expo (2019)

While visiting Copenhagen in 2019, Leslie Hossack photographed several locations featured in works by Hammershøi. One example is Saint Peter’s Church, Copenhagen 2019, shown below. It is interesting to compare it to the first painting shown above. Hammershøi and Hossack worked from the same spot to capture the church, and amazingly little has changed in the intervening 113 years. However, the angle of view is different. Hammershøi the painter usually worked from the second story of a nearby building, as was the case here in 1906. Hossack the photographer works with her feet planted firmly on the ground, as was the case in 2019.

Saint Peter's Church, Copenhagen 2019 by Leslie HossackSaint Peter’s Church, Copenhagen (2019), Leslie Hossack
Collection of the Artist

Hammershøi’s oeuvre consists of architecture, nudes, landscapes, portraits and interiors. However, it was his interiors that were the most popular in his lifetime (1864-1916) and continue to draw the strongest response today. Hammershøi painted over 100 interiors in the various apartments he shared with his wife Ida in Copenhagen. Their home was both his studio and a major motif in his work.

Over a century ago, Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi elevated
“Stay At Home. Work At Home.” to an art form.

Leslie Hossack’s Hammershøi Photographs are part of a larger body of work that explores Hitler’s Berlin, Stalin’s Moscow, Mussolini’s Rome, Churchill’s London, contested sites in Jerusalem, the NATO Headquarter Camp in Kosovo, buildings linked to the Japanese Canadian internment during WWII, the D-Day landing beaches of Normandy, the Nazi-occupied Channel Islands, Scotland’s Freemasons and Sigmund Freud’s Vienna.

To view more photographs by Leslie Hossack, please visit lesliehossack.com

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